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PostPosted: 19-08-2001 23:12    Post subject: Crystal Skulls Reply with quote

The Mitchell Hedges Crystal Skull resides these days somewhere in England. I'm wondering: is "Samy" (Anna Mitchell Hedges) still on this plane? Last I heard she and the skull moved in with her nephew somewhere in England. I was privileged to spend lots of quality time with this amazing artifact in New York City on more than one occasion...and wonder...is Samy still with us? Is the skull still visitable? It is an extraordinary piece, well worthy of all the fuss it has caused...I'm not particularly called to see it again...but I'd like to know if it's dropped out of sight or not. It and Samy are old, old friends.

I figured, what with so many of you living in England and all, and me being stuck in the backwaters of New York City....
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PostPosted: 28-08-2001 12:54    Post subject: The Crystal Skulls Of Doom Reply with quote

Like the subject title says. This thread is about the Crystal Skulls of Doom.

Two , nearly life-size, skulls. Carved from solid quartz rock, by methods that we find hard to replicate even today. The quartz is perfectly clear and the core can be seen clearly. The Crystal is tinted slightly pink.

Legend has it that, if one were to look directly into its eyes, you could see what appeared to be "video" like imagry of temples, mountains and other ancient sites, like a sort of projector. These skulls were different however, in the way that one has an aposabl jaw and the other does not. The same has been suggested for both though. That they served as "illumination" or "projection" devices.

They would be placed on a pedastle so that the rising sun would sine directly into their cranium and project through the "lens-like" teeth. Scattering light into the chamber. And like most crystal, it vibrates and responds to certain frequencies...emitting as well as receiving.

Also, it has been documented that, the skull can emit an "Aura". A feild of light. They are said to be almost hypnotic, and have been dubbed "The Skulls of Doom" because of their effect on the human psychosis. As some of the team that documented them and analysed them, have gone "Insane. Suffering unbearable fits of laughter and halucinations of the most incomrehendable..."

So, fellow Forteans, what are your thoughts on these mysterious objects?


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PostPosted: 28-08-2001 13:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

i think the crystal skulls are very pretty but just a byproduct of a culture where the skull was sacred (aztecs). The "projector effect" i doubt exists and would just be the power of suggestion acting on the visual equivalent of white noise caused by the complex light scattering within the planes of the carved natural quartz. It's like looking for shapes in a flickering fire. I think one of the skulls is in the British museum as i saw it there when i were a lad. Didnt give me nightmares though.
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PostPosted: 28-08-2001 14:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

I brought this subject up for two reasons:

1)I've always been interested in the skulls.

2)I recently watched the episode of StarGate SG-1 were they find a crystal skull, and it got me looking at books only to find that the effects of the skull in StarGate SG-1 were very close to the documented effects of the real skulls!
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PostPosted: 28-08-2001 15:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Two , nearly life0size, skulls. Carved from solid quartz rock, by methods that we find hard to replicate even today.

Except by all those people selling replicas to the New Age crowd.

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Also, it has been documented that, the skull can emit an "Aura". A feild of light. They are said to be almost hypnotic, and have been dubbed "The Skulls of Doom" because of their effect on the human psychosis.

Documented By whom? Since one of these skulls is on display in the British Museum's Museum of Mankind, a visible, hypnotic aura would rather noticeable.
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PostPosted: 28-08-2001 20:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

As entioned already, skulls were sacred to many South American cultures, and so there are in fact several sets of skulls, crystal and otherwise. Are you talking about the repeutably cursed ones, with the missing third skull and prophesies etc etc (as hijacked by the camp movie flop that was "The Phantom")?
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PostPosted: 28-08-2001 20:08    Post subject: Were-skulls Reply with quote

I seem to remember seeing a crystal skull in the BM - might have been this one. It didn't have much effect on me, though. I was mad when I went in and mad when I came out.

There are some accounts of evil doings occurring in relation to carved skulls, etc., one of the ones that springs to mind being the Hexham Heads, where three appallingly crafted stone heads were found by a family who subsequently claimed to have been visited by poltergeists and werewolves and a-manner o' things that be bad. Then I believe some farmer said that he'd made the heads himself and it all went rather pear shaped. Mind you, all the above relies on my memory which is suspect at the best of times.

Q: What's big, square and hairy and changes shape every full moon?

A: A warehouse.

All right, so it's never a good thing to write your own jokes...
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PostPosted: 28-08-2001 20:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Crystal Skulls are indeed fasinating artifacts there was I think a Horizon special on them a couple of years ago, alltho it focused primarily on the large one that was recoverd from south america in the 1930s or 40s this example is the one whit the seperate jaw bone. It also has aparently a habit of wandering around the owners bungerlow!

The manufacture of one is not particualy dificult all you need is a large lump of quartz cristal, sand , human hair and about 60 years solid polishing, the source of the quartz can be traced, in that particual case the source was traced to siberia, and a facial reconstruction based on a model of the skull produced a face that was typical of the inhabitants of siberia at the projected date of manufacter which leaves the qestion what was it doing in south america?

Far as I know none if the crystal Skulls have features associated with the peoples of south america.

An lot of the smaller skulls were made in germany in the 19th century using engraving weels to cut and pollish the shape.

Wm.


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PostPosted: 28-08-2001 21:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Hexham Head Case given above is essentially correct.

Not sure how apallingly-crafted the heads were - they were certainly
very crude little egg-shaped things that had been thought sufficiently
Celtic to be sent to Dr. Anne Ross, an expert on Celtic art.

The family who found them in the garden in 1972 were troubled by
poltergeist phenomena and a next-door neighbour saw a
half-man, half-beast, which entered a bedroom then padded
downstairs. It was, however the events which broke out in
Dr. Ross's house which have been most often repeated. Both
she and her daughter saw a creature again described as half-man
half-beast. The day the heads left the house, the atmosphere
is said to have changed. The case was given wide publicity,
chiefly because of the professional status of the chief witness.

The case then took the twist as described: the heads turned out
to be artificially moulded and were recognized by one Desmond
Craigie as his own handiwork, made for his daughter in 1956 when
he lived at the house, where they were unearthed.

The accounts do not really explain whether Dr. Ross was aware of
the reputation attaching to the heads when she took charge of them.
I have dim memories of seeing her or the daughter on the tv and I
think the story was that they were unaware of the earlier scares.

Very curious case. Not sure if it helps explain the horrid crystal skulls,
though. But, no, I don't want one. Wink
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PostPosted: 28-08-2001 23:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the crystal skulls was on display at the London Museum of Mankind, and the other one apparently has a movable jaw. Anyway, as far as I know neither has been dated and the country of origin is in dispute, although they were probably made by the Aztecs. There was also an Arthur C. Clarke documentary on them, but I can't remember much about it.
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PostPosted: 29-08-2001 09:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

The skull in the british museum is (whoa dejavu! I'm now going to write:Smile) IMO a pretty piece of archaeology/art but not very anatomically accurate. I was a little dissapointed when I saw it a few years ago (I'd hoped for the one with the moveable jaw).

Personally I have a crystal skull (so I must be careful not to bang my head Wink - but seriously) it's about an inch across and allegedly made out of quartz and has a hole drilled through it, apparently so that it can be hung an a cord. It vaguely resembles the BM skull - I bought it at the local "odd-things/occult" store. It's kinda kewl in a gothy kinda way. Very Happy

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PostPosted: 29-08-2001 16:31    Post subject: Crystal Skulls Reply with quote

Well, I´ve read some different articles on the skulls. There´s some in a book I have based on the Arthur C Clarke mysteries, and according to that one of the skulls is anatomically correct while the other is more of a stylistic image. They do not have the usual markings you get when polishing things, which could be achieved by using water to polish it. Sadly this would take around 300 years. So they must have used some method we don´t know of. They should also have some rather interesting optical effects, even though I have never heard about people going insane or anything. Probably no more than the so-called Pharao´s Curse.

This is all from meory though, I can go find the book if you want more accurate info. But do tell me more about the facial reconstruct, I always wondered what would happen if you did that.
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PostPosted: 29-08-2001 17:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, don't knock the Pharoh's Curse. Look what happened to Howard Carter and Lord Canarven (Is that right?). They died of mysterious plague brought about by the opening of the tomb of Tutenkhamun (which means "in the likeness of Amun").

Hmm, it is strange that we are all different. We all have different intersts and life styles. I'm a loner with a small fortean library in my bedroom. Niles is exhibiting typical Crystal Skull/Goth symptoms. Lucydru is Wiccan and others are, well...whatever. My point is that we all share a love for the thing that most people fear. The Unknown. And the dark and the cold and the Winter...well, I love all those things anyway. And rain!confused
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PostPosted: 29-08-2001 17:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

-Oracle- wrote:

Hey, don't knock the Pharoh's Curse. Look what happened to Howard Carter and Lord Canarven (Is that right?). They died of mysterious plague brought about by the opening of the tomb of Tutenkhamun (which means "in the likeness of Amun").


Yeah yeah... and the sarcophagus was carried on the Titanic, on display on the toilet where Elvis died, and was used as a pillar in the underpass where Diana was killed...

...unless I'm very much mistaken, the whole Pharoah's Curse story was made up as a scary story.
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PostPosted: 29-08-2001 17:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahem (clearing my throat to give ES a total ear blasting)...

...WHY IN THE NAME OF THE PHAROH'S WOULD IT BE MADE UP FOR HOLLYWOOD IF THE CURSE WAS ALREADY INSCRIBED ON THE MANTLE OF THE ENTRANCE TO THE BURIAL CHAMBER?

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.......answer me that you small cabbage!
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